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May 5, 2013



HE usually has girls swooning at the sight of him in his undies but newly married Jamie Dornan is set to terrify viewers in his latest role as a ruthless sociopath.

The Belfast-born model turned actor, who has just married singer Amelia Warner in Somerset as Sunday Life revealed last week, plays serial killer Paul Spector in the new BBC2 drama The Fall.

The Northern Ireland set drama tells the story of Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson of X Files fame, drafted in by the PSNI to help solve the murder case.

The 30-year-old, who has also appeared in Once Upon A Time and Marie Antoinette alongside Kirsten Dunst, revealed how difficult it was to take on the role of the man, who portrays a happy father and husband by day but a depraved monster at night - especially as he has little experience of either.

Jamie said: "Well I'm not a father or a serial killer although I'm still young!

"I'"I've never encompassed any aspects of the character. It's fascinating elements of a character to explore.

"I try to approach it as two separate characters for the reason he decompartmentalises his life.

"I tried to play the family man as one side of him and all the horrible stuff separate.

"They all seem to do that, they disassociate all the rotten stuff with what they do at home. People are none the wiser of the heinous s*** they are doing in their spare time which I find fascinating."

The show, filmed in Belfast over three months of last year, is already being touted to become the new Prime Suspect which is what drew X Files star Gillian to the role.

She said: "I was always a fan of Prime Suspect and had read other attempts at re-creating that and always found them lacking.

"But there was something about this that felt like it had the depth and complexity - and yet simplicity - of that series. I really liked Stella.

"And I love the way that we don't really get to know her, who she is or what makes her tick. In good scripts the character comes off the page and this was certainly the case with this."

Gillian's character Gibson remains somewhat aloof with the PSNI staff, apart from a raunchy sex scene at her hotel with local policeman James Olsen, played by Ben Peel.

She prefers the isolation of her own company and to relentlessly swim to gather her thoughts, something which Gillian wasn't so keen on.

"I am not a swimmer," she admitted. "I don't like water very much but it was after having discussions about what it would be like to take those out and one would miss it.

"There's something about it. When I think of swimming pools they are so scary and bottomless. It adds to the creepiness of it."

And much like her character, Gillian kept to herself while shooting in Belfast. The Fall is packed with local talent including ex-Hollyoaks trio Bronagh Waugh, Gerard McCarthy and Karen Hassan.

But sadly the 44-year-old didn't get the chance to enjoy the local craic with the rest of the cast.

Gillian added: "I am a bit of a hermit anyway. But when I have a few days off I just generally stay in the hotel. It's not keeping in character but it's keeping my mind on it."

But local boy Jamie was thrilled to be back in Belfast for the first time as an actor.

He said: "I've never worked at home before despite doing a very good accent. It was strange and pleasing for accent reasons and also social reasons.

"Because of the nature of the narrative of the show, Gillian and I have only met four times - at the read through, make-up and then on promotions.

"But it's positive that's the way it was. It didn't make any sense to hang out."

The Fall premieres on BBC Two on May 13 at 9pm.

Originally published by KELLY ALLEN.

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